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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Canoes for Wayfarers Inn

We found two really cool canoes on one of our latest expeditions, canoes just the right size for Wayfarers Inn. The canoes apparently came from a resort somewhere. On the bottom was this:

If you can't read it, it says: Yes, you can take me home,
and $50 will be added to your room charges. Please advise the Hotel Desk at check-out.

Geoffrey, Ruby, and Cassie listen as the Indian girl explains about canoes.
The Indian girl was originally a long-haired doll, but I saw a picture of a really cute Indian boy doll with a Mohawk so I thought I would try turning mine into a boy. I cut her hair into a Mohawk but she's a little too curvaceous to be a boy and I had to give her a dress instead of a loincloth.

I was searching through my photos, which are all jumbled together in a big box, and I found an interesting picture.

The back says "at Christmas 1951 Lee and Dee Anna"
I have no idea who these people are (you've got to love the man's bow tie), but I suddenly realized what was on the mantel behind them!

"Maybe 60 years from now we can go live at Wayfarers Inn!"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Luau

I was so excited to find out I'd won a drawing at CJ's blog, dollsandprettythings. Four days later, Wayfarers Inn was ready to Go Hawaiian. They traveled in the Red Bag Express.

Yes, this bag is filled with little hard plastic dolls. I'm afraid to count them.
Everyone gathered at the beach hut.
Lily is holding a lei and Edward, having taken off his coat in an attempt to go native, is holding the scuba gear. There is a ukulele leaning against Lily's leg.

"Can I buy you a drink?" asks Geoffrey, hoping Goldie isn't watching.

Charlie, although she considers herself worldy wise, is a bit horrified at the skimpy bikini.

"I would never wear this in public!"
One of the new girls (not yet named) loves surfing.

Cassie admires the surfer girl. "Do you think I could do it?" she asks.
"It's easy!"
Food is the big attraction for many.

Mr. Philadelphia may have had a bit too much to drink.
On the far right, next to Mary Rose's hand, is a wee little can of macadamia nuts. To the left of that is a tropical drink with a slice of lime that has an umbrella on it. The red bag next to the center coke is actually a bag of coffee that had fallen over, as so many thing do around the Wayfarers. To the right of the right-hand coke, behind the fish, is a bottle of guava sauce. The hamburger on the left is from a vending machine that Auntie Berman found (it's where the cokes came from too).  I didn't have time to serve up the pig on a platter with an apple in his mouth. He is some sort of Lego pig, so if he's on his back he doesn't really look piglike.

"Will you teach me how to play golf, Reginald?"
This looks more like she's twirling a lasso, but there is a golf club handing from her hand. The golf ball is so tiny I left it in its package, in an attempt not to lose it.

Meanwhile, Edward and Lily have been talking.

"Lily, will you marry me?"

They announce their engagement to the happy onlookers.

"Lily has consented to be  my wife," says Edward happily.
And in case you're wondering about this and this and this, Edward decided not to tell Lily about his past. It would serve no useful purpose and, as Auntie Berman is so fond of saying, "They're dolls. They aren't real." So Lily will never know and will be much happier that way.

A good time was had by all.
After their wonderful day at the beach, an experience they would never forget, the Wayfarers packed into the Red Bag Express and went home. 

It was quite exhausting for me too, and I've had the Mele Kalikimaka song running through my head all day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Wayfarers Inn

We have some new residents of Wayfarers Inn, even though I keep saying I'm not going to get any more. When I got my latest Sweet Sue doll, Sally, she arrived in a hatbox with three small hard plastic dolls.

The two smaller ones actually have legs that bend! They are dressed in lovely pink dresses. The taller one is wearing what might be a bridesmaid dress. They were happy to go to Wayfarers Inn.

Geoffrey introduces himself in the music room.
The girl in the plaid skirt is actually another new girl that I got a few weeks ago, but I don't really remember the circumstances. Sometimes they just happen!

Goldie is happy that someone can finally sit on the couch.
Gloriana and Juliana bring Jeff the dog in to meet the new little girls.

We found this lovely organ but there's not really room for it in the music room. We might have to do some rearranging.

Another find was another bathtub.

"Where did this huge bathtub come from? We like our pretty one much better"
It is rather big and it's too small for the Barbies, so it will be put away until the right-sized dolls come along.

In my doll hunting frenzy of yesterday, I saw several dolls at my own store and I hadn't even known they were there, because they were in the Housewares/Collectibles section. They seemed older than the little dolls I have. Showing great restraint, I only got two. They both need restringing.

Welcome home, dollies!
Merry Christmas from Wayfarers Inn!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A New Car

Everyone is thrilled with the new car that was given to Wayfarers Inn.

The car is a Jim Beam Whiskey bottle kindly donated by my HLP (minus the whiskey). Behind the rear wheel you can see the cork, which doesn't stay in.

Mr. Philadelphia tells one of the unnamed dolls why he doesn't think women should drive.
Mr. Philadelphia is one of the few dolls who could drive (because his legs bend), if the doors would open, which they don't, and if they did all the whiskey would spill out, if there was any whiskey in it, which there isn't.

Another of the unnamed girls admires the car.
Since I had no idea how many dolls live at Wayfarers Inn, I decided to take a group picture and count them.

I think there are 30, but I kept losing count and I didn't count the two little girls.
Front center are Mary Rose, Goldie, and Geoffrey, who started it all.

Goldie, Geoffrey, Juliana, Gloriana, and Mary Rose at home in the library.
Juliana and Gloriana are wearing dresses taken from Madame Alexander's Happy Meal dolls. Now that I know they fit, we will be on the lookout for more of them. I just wish we could figure out how to get the hats/headpieces off those dolls. They are very firmly affixed to the doll heads.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Progress - I think

They say you have to break eggs to make an omelet, so I started tearing down the new Wayfarers Inn.

The shingled roof was the easiest to remove. It was really rotting away. So was the base, which came off easily.

My tools.
The back was the hardest. It didn't want to come off. I removed the rafters, which can be reused.

The two floors lifted out easily and will be used as patterns for the new floors.

It doesn't look like much is left, but the front and two sides are the main parts of the house. HLP will cut new floors, including a new base. The inside will be sanded and painted. We'll figure out how to put the rafters back on. The shingles are in very bad repair and will have to be replaced. The house is currently stored under my porch.

Meanwhile, back at the old Wayfarers Inn, they have some new treasures.

"If only we could sit down, Geoffrey."
We found this lovely little rustic chair at one of the thrift stores.

"At last! A real toilet!" says Bonnie.
Another find was this toilet. The bathroom is almost complete.

What was originally intended to be a bedroom has ended up as a lumber room. There is a desk/cupboard that doesn't really fit anywhere else, a dressmaker form that bears no resemblance to any of these dolls' bodies, a metal thing that looks like it could be a gong, a pirate's chest, and another Avon clock. The clock was to have gone in the Grayson's new house but it's too tall.